Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons was photographed in England last week, checking out some tennis action at Wimbledon with his girlfriend. The pictures angered some Sixers fans because they want to see Simmons lock himself in the gym and develop a jump shot after playing horribly in the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks.
Simmons is skipping the Tokyo Olympics this summer with the Australian national team to work on his individual game. While he will likely do his best to remain out of the limelight after an awful end to his season, the Sixers star is still getting destroyed by people for his shooting woes.
Ben Simmons got roasted by Anthony Mackie at ESPY Awards
Famous actor Anthony Mackie was the host of this year’s ESPY Awards, and he took a significant shot at Simmons. The Avengers roasted the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year by referencing Simmons’ bricks on his missed free-throws.
“Ben Simmons took home a special ESPY for his humanitarian work,” Mackie said. “Not everyone knows this, but Ben Simmons has been building orphanages like this one completely out of his playoff bricks.”
To get roasted like this by an actor is pretty brutal. Simmons should be ashamed of how poor of a shooter he is and tirelessly work on his jump shot this offseason. He shot 33.3% from the free-throw line against the Hawks and played 34 minutes in the fourth quarter of Games 4-7, and had zero field goal attempts. The lefty finished the series with averages of 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists.
Game 7 of the Hawks series may have been Simmons’ final contest with the Sixers, as several reports have stated that Daryl Morey will pursue a trade involving the All-NBA defender this offseason. And despite wetting the bed against the Hawks, it appears Simmons still has fans around the NBA.
Cavs, Pacers, Wolves, Kings, Raptors interested in trading for Ben Simmons
According to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors have expressed interest in trading for Simmons. The Australian native has four years and $147 million left on his current deal.
Since entering the NBA, Simmons is averaging 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. He has made three All-Star teams, one All-NBA team, and two All-Defensive teams. However, Simmons hasn’t improved his jump shot and is a liability on offense in the playoffs. In 34 career playoff games, the point forward has made five shots outside of 10 feet from the basket.
The Sixers are probably looking for an All-Star-caliber player in return for Simmons. The Cavs don’t have any All-Stars on their roster, and it seems unlikely that the Kings would trade De’Aaron Fox. Meanwhile, the Pacers, Timberwolves, and Raptors each have All-Stars, headlined by Domantas Sabonis, D’Angelo Russell, and Pascal Siakam. Minnesota is certainly not going to part ways with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Simmons used to be a fan favorite in Philadelphia. However, after the Hawks series, multiple Sixers fans burned their Simmons jerseys. It’s also worth mentioning that Joel Embiid basically threw Simmons under the bus after the season ended.
Joel Embiid sounded like he’s done with No. 25
Simmons had an easy dunk attempt in Game 7 against the Hawks in the fourth quarter but passed the ball to Matisse Thybulle. Thybulle went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, and the Hawks went on a 5-0 run to go ahead 93-87 with 2:31 left in regulation and wound up winning 103-96. Embiid talked about Simmons passing up the dunk attempt after the Sixers’ season ended.
“Man, I will be honest. I thought the turning point was, you know, when we, I don’t know how to say it, but I thought the turning point was just we had an open shot, and we made one free throw, and we missed the other, and they came down and scored,” Embiid said.
Simmons was once projected by many to be the next LeBron James. We can throw that comparison out the door. He has shown no desire to improve his jumper, and his time in Philadelphia could be coming to an end this summer because of his reluctance to shoot.